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Un bel di vedremo NY City Opera

For you opera lovers out there, you may have seen the recent article in the New York Times City Opera Cedes Dates to City Ballet in Lincoln Center Deal . So that means that you have many, many other options in New York for Opera, (The Met, Dicapo Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera,etc.) but you will have to wait until October to see anything at New York City Opera.
Oh well.
Here’s a little pre-code film to reflect on what life would be like without New York City Opera. If you are an opera singer in New York you will love this. (It follows the ups and downs of an opera career).

Here’s a little description: Opera star Grace Moore became a motion picture success in the sublimely assembled One Night of Love. Moore opens the 1934 film by losing a radio talent contest in New York. She disconsolately heads to Europe, where the best job she can come up with is singing in a restaurant. Here she is discovered by brilliant voice-teacher Tulio Carminatti, who carefully nurtures Moore until she becomes the toast of the European opera world. The two fall in love, but jealousy nearly destroys them both. Happily, Moore recovers to the extent of making a triumphant return to the US as reigning diva of the Metropolitan Opera.

One Night of Love represents Grace Moore’s finest screen work. The film’s musical manifest includes such operatic standards as Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Butterfly and Carmen; the “contemporary” musical lineup was composed by such hands as Louis Silvers (who won an Academy Award for his efforts), Victor Schertzinger (who also directed), and Gus Kahn.

Here’s a little “Un bel di vedremo”, it’s pretty awesome. Crazy costumes and why is the voice teacher in the prompt box?? The set is pretty cool. I love how her staging has nothing to do with what she is saying. Awesome! Great tree in the back. Wait till the end for her to totally just bow to the audience and send kisses to her lover in the moat?

So enjoy this. Have an affair with your voice teacher and be a success at the Met!

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One Response to Un bel di vedremo NY City Opera

  1. Axbish says:

    This movie is packed with diva goodies. Great stuff. I believe Beverly Sills did not fall in love with her voice teacher who made her great. I like that.

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